A Tip For Keeping Your Photos Sorted When Out On A Home Tour

Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

In the real estate world we often tour multiple homes either previewing or out with clients.  After awhile it can be confusing keeping the photos sorted and it doesn't take long to end up with a jumbled mess of pictures when we go back through them.

Since I often make tour books for my clients I've learned to start each set of photos with a picture of the front of the house and close up of the house number.   If I'm making a neighborhood post I start with a photo of the entrance sign to the community and then the photos of the homes.  With new construction it's the sign out front that starts a new set of photos.

Recently I toured a new development called Potomac Shores in Dumfries VA.  I took almost 100 photos knowing I would be creating multiple slideshow presentations of the neighborhood.  Had I not started each set of photos with the sign of the property and then ended with a full view of the house there was no way I'd have kept the homes straight.  

Now as I'm putting the tours together for my website and blog posts it's easy to find each model and put together the tours.


Hope this little hint helps you as you are out with your clients or gathering information for your neighborhood posts.  It has certainly saved me hours of time and head scratching over the years.


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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Good idea. With it being so easy these days to take 100 pics without worrying about film costs, it's easy to lose track of which pics are of which house.

Jun 24, 2013 12:48 AM #39
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Why not just shoot a video during the listing when all the lights are on, the place is staged? Less work and not a slide show but you can describe the place like during a showing that can be rewatched over and over. Sent to the parents who are throwing in the down payment assistance if they could just see the place, hear all about it.

Jun 24, 2013 01:32 AM #40
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

Great Tips, thanks for sharing - What a great way to keep our photos organized.

Jun 24, 2013 02:25 AM #41
Wendy Sackl
Exquisite Home Staging & Design - Boca Raton, FL
Property Stylist

The videos of the pics definitely capture more of an interest!  Great work. 

Jun 24, 2013 04:09 AM #42
Michael J. O'Connor
Diamond Ridge Realty - Corona, CA
Eastvale - 951-847-4883

I always do the same thing with my photos.  It's very difficult to remember if I don't have a 'start' photo in the series and like others have pointed out, I often also end with the same photo so I know that was the last one.  It makes it easier when viewing a bunch of thumbnail photos.

Another tip for you - video editing is getting pretty simple to do.  Most cameras have video capability and I use "Movie Maker" (free) to do basic edits.  Might be something to check out.....

Jun 24, 2013 04:43 AM #43
Ron Aguilar
Continental Mortgage - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

Cindy, you are doing great. We do the same otherwise it gets out of control fast

Organization is the key to success with all your information

Jun 24, 2013 04:46 AM #44
Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Cindy,,,,through trial and error I finally decided that the first photo was going to be of the address and most of the time I can include the home...Thanks for sharing with us in AR land.

Jun 24, 2013 05:05 AM #45
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Cindy, great post and system for tracking your photos.  We use something similar for our virtual tours.  We take the tour in portrait mode and separate segments with a landscape overview.

Jun 24, 2013 05:36 AM #46
Woody Edwards
First Choice Realty, Inc - Chesterfield, VA
A Realtor® Who Answers His Phone!

I used to do alot of BPOs, and I would take a picture of the street sign, then the street, then the house #, and the front of the house.....Then drive to the next one and do it again.  The thing was, I never got 2 at once in the same neighborhood, so the street signs let me know where to start.

Jun 24, 2013 06:57 AM #47
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Good idea. I just started going out for a few different subdivisions that I'll use it on.

Jun 24, 2013 07:46 AM #48
Maureen Megowan
Remax Estate Properties - - Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Palos Verdes Real Estate Blog

Great suggestion.  Very clever idea

Jun 24, 2013 08:13 AM #49
Mark Delgado
houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove - Benicia, CA
Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h
Fantastic advice that I actually take a step further. I will rename the "keepers" with the address and room of the home. This way I can do a very easy computer "search" of all "kitchens" for example. Of course this also keeps my photos of a given property together.
Jun 24, 2013 10:18 AM #50
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Excellent advice...I learned the hard way, unfortunately, which ended up in a confusing mess.  I cannot remember as much as I think I can!

Jun 24, 2013 10:47 AM #51
Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

On our MLS we have a print that you can include all the photos of the property. I give the buyer these prints so the MLS print can help them remember.

Jun 24, 2013 10:53 AM #52
Ymeki Stevens
Keller Williams Realty Partners - Woodstock, GA

Great tip Cindy..thanks for sharing. Its all about time management

Jun 24, 2013 11:16 AM #53
Stanley Stepak
Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH - Avon Lake, OH
Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,

now that is great advise.  you can really find the home and not worry about mixed pics and mixing up your information/points to each home.

Jun 24, 2013 01:55 PM #54
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


That's a great suggestion for keeping track of homes. I take tons of photos myself in some areas and it's hard to remember even though I pride myself on having a good memory. This works well when touring model homes, too.


Jun 24, 2013 03:54 PM #55
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I'm surprised you didn't comment on my one million points post where I described you (and others) as chicks scratching around in the Virginia farmyard!

Jun 24, 2013 09:30 PM #56
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I used to be an insurance adjuster and that is exactly what I did if I was out looking at homes with damage all day.  With vehicles it was the license plate.

Jun 25, 2013 03:42 AM #57
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Cindy, well done and a great service for your buyers and addition to your website.

Aug 05, 2013 01:02 PM #58
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